Sea Mullet of North Carolina

Northern Kingfish - Menticirrhus saxatilis
Northern Kingfish – Menticirrhus saxatilis

 

Colloquially known as “Sea Mullet”, “Whiting”, “Virginia Mullet”, “King Croaker”, and “Kingfish”, the humble and delicious kingfish is an often targeted local drum. In fact, the kingfish is not a single species of fish, and in North Carolina, there are three common species:

 

Northern Kingfish Menticirrhus saxatilis
Southern Kingfish Menticirrhus americanus
Gulf Kingfish Menticirrhus littoralis

 

To help anglers identify these fishes, we have created this identification aid:

Common Kingfishes of North Carolina

 

Southern Kingfish - Menticirrhus americanus
Southern Kingfish – Menticirrhus americanus

 

Gulf Kingfish - Menticirrhus littoralis
Gulf Kingfish – Menticirrhus littoralis

 

More Information:

Northern Kingfish

Southern Kingfish

Gulf Kingfish

 

 

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